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adhere to (something)

1. To stick to a surface. The masking tape was so old that it would no longer adhere to anything.
2. To follow a plan, belief system, or course of action. If I don't adhere to a strict routine during the workweek, I usually start feeling stressed. I'm not serving pork at the dinner party because I know Richard adheres to a Kosher diet.
3. To believe in a particular idea or concept. He adheres to the belief that working long hours and staying late at the office is the only way to get promoted.
See also: adhere, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

adhere to something

1. Lit. to stick to something. The stamp won't adhere to the envelope.
2. Fig. to follow or "stick to" a particular course of action, plan, or set of beliefs. If you don't adhere to the proper routine, you will confuse the other workers.
See also: adhere, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

adhere to

1. To stick or cling to the surface of something: After the fire, soot and smoke adhered to the walls.
2. To follow some law, set of beliefs, or course of action: Let's adhere to the plan we already discussed. You need to adhere to our rules very strictly if you want to join our organization.
3. To believe that some idea is true or right: Although some people are skeptical, most people adhere to the notion that our changing climate is a serious problem.
See also: adhere, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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New HyCryl C515 polyester from AOC, Collierville, Tenn., reportedly bonds to formed ABS sheet as strongly as standard polyesters adhere to traditional acrylic liners for spas.
However, the coatings often don't adhere well to the charged surfaces of metals, so they're prone to peeling and flaking.
The structure will adhere to precedent-setting guidelines established in January 2000 which specify that new buildings must use environmentally-advanced technologies and materials to conserve energy and resources and provide a healthy, non-toxic environment for residents and employees.
This finding reveals "a fundamentally new physical and chemical phenomenon," according to Adam Heller of the University of Texas at Austin, who considers the results "nothing short of revolutionary." Some materials, when perfectly clean, can bind to either oil or water but become committed to whichever one they adhere to first.
To keep the car running smoothly, the oil and tires should be checked frequently and the driver should adhere to the manufacture's maintenance schedule.
He says AlphaGary just came up with a formulation that bonds well to ABS and is continuing to develop materials that adhere to nylon 6, 66, and 11.